Jaguars release four, including starter Russell Allen

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The Jaguars were among the league’s most prolific transaction-makers a year ago, and they’re doing some more business before they start adding players again before the draft.

The team announced they had released veteran linebacker Russell Allen, and waived three other players — defensive ends Will Pericak and D’Aundre Reed and wide receiver Jabin Sambrano.

Allen had started 29 games for the Jaguars the last two seasons, and 44 total in five years with the team. The former undrafted rookie from San Diego State was scheduled to make $1.975 million this year, the final year of his contract.

He was a solid enough player for them, and they don’t exactly need the cap room, so the reason for his release is a bit unclear.

UPDATE 4:24 P.M. ET: Via Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jaguars said Allen failed his physical. He ended last season on injured reserve because of a concussion.

22 responses to “Jaguars release four, including starter Russell Allen

  1. Hope his health is fine in the big picture – and I wish him well. That being said – he was never in my opinion starting LB material.

    Good backup – but no way a starter.

  2. Change for the sake of change is never good, even if they draft Mack he would have been an affordable back-up/veteran mentor

  3. No y’all are wrong…his release is to make way for John Lutulelei. They signed him from the Seahawks practice squad. The kid’s a baller with speed coming out his ears!

  4. If a player fails a physical is the team compelled to release them, or is it still their choice? Meaning… could they hold on to him and see if he fully recovers? I’m guessing there’s dates and bonuses in the contract that come into play. Or maybe his ailment is pretty serious?

  5. Another reason the league needs to take care of these players that have head injuries. Teams can run from the contracts but the player lives with head issues forever.

    At least he doesn’t have to suit up for that franchise again.

  6. Mr. Allen would probably love to come to Green Bay and see AJ Hawk’s, Clay Matthews’s, and Robert Francois’s Super Bowl rings. Ariani1985 can drive him there on his big wheel.

  7. The fact that he played for the Jags makes him more attractive. They unloaded 2 very serviceable players to the Ravens last year, Eugene Moore and Darrell Smith without much reason for it or getting much in return. If the Steelers or another well run franchise lets a guy go, there is always a good reason

  8. jwcarlson says: Apr 17, 2014 4:59 PM

    If a player fails a physical is the team compelled to release them, or is it still their choice?

    It’s the team’s choice, but the player counts against the cap. He also counts as either an injured reserve or roster spot.

    The Lions kept Javid Best hoping he’d recover, but he was never cleared. Eventually they continued to keep him just to make sure he’d get a pension.

  9. As this kind of thing becomes more common, I expect Goodell to make rule changes that reduce contact even more.

    This is a good time to be tinkering in your garage and inventing the next generation of NFL helmet.

  10. This is the first time I have ever heard of any of those 4 guys. I mean, back to college or anything.

  11. ummm so for the people who have not been able to see the jags play on a regular basis Allen’s release was due to a decline in his play during last year and the development of the linebacking core WITHOUT his prescence on the field during his injuries. when Allen was on the feild he was greatly outplayed by Geno Hayes and John Lutulelei. Keeping him on the roster would have been nice so he could recieve the proper medical benefits and medical required to recover from head trauma……..but with the way the jags have been bringing in personnel since Gus Bradley took over last year it didnt make sense for them to keep him when he was going to get replaced by someone else and all he is doing is taking up a roster spot.

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